Celebrities Accused of Using Ghostwriters

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In a New York Times article, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachael Ray are accused of using ghostwriters for their celebrity cookbooks.

Both celebrities have taken to Twitter to reassure the public that they have not used ghostwriters.

Here's an excerpt from the Huffingtonpost.

Paltrow credits her supposed ghostwriter, Julia Turshen for a lot of work in the cookbook and Turshen worked very closely with Paltrow. Still, she distinguishes between her own writing and the assistance of Turshen.
In both Ray's and Paltrow's cases, it seems as if there are discrepancies between the New York Times version of what a ghostwriter is, and what Ray and Paltrow call a ghostwriter. The titles are a bit blurred -- it can be hard to draw the line between ghostwriting and assisting with a cookbook.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I wonder who really cares whether they used a ghostwriter or not. Sure wouldn't keep me awake at night.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      How ridiculous do people get? Of course celebrities have help putting their books together - nothing new there. It's an accepted practice - so what is the critic's real agenda?

      Using help in writing down YOUR your recipes, or YOUR story, or YOUR fiction, and tying them together with text is common. Not surprising for people with super busy schedules who have info or a story to tell - and the same 24 hrs a day everyone has.

      This is nothing new so I'd say the person making the critique is doing it for reasons of his own - like finding something critical to say about a celebrity to make news.
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      • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        How ridiculous do people get? Of course celebrities have help putting their books together - nothing new there. It's an accepted practice - so what is the critic's real agenda?

        Using help in writing down YOUR your recipes, or YOUR story, or YOUR fiction, and tying them together with text is common. Not surprising for people with super busy schedules who have info or a story to tell - and the same 24 hrs a day everyone has.

        This is nothing new so I'd say the person making the critique is doing it for reasons of his own - like finding something critical to say about a celebrity to make news.
        LoL. I wonder what the author's reaction will be when s/he discovers they use ghostwriters to 'write' their own <gasp> biography... (and have been doing so for decades!)
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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I wonder who really cares whether they used a ghostwriter or not. Sure wouldn't keep me awake at night.
      Post of the week.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tonylee93
    One of the girls on the celebrity apprentice, admited to having a ghost writer in front of the whole board room, so I think its something that is very commonin the celebrity world!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    Oh good lord no, next they will tell me that they use speech writers as well!

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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Parker
    Really? Unbelievable! I did not see this strange turn of events. Well played by these celebs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Seiler
    I have to wonder how many celebrities and business people use ghost writers. Unless they are famous for being an author, I'd guess the percentage is pretty high (wild guess - over 30%). These people just don't have time (and many times the skill needed) to write it themselves.

    And why should people care as long as the ghostwriter is providing good content? I sure don't. Some people want to feel that personal connection I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author Halcyon
    Say it isn't so. Next we'll find out that they pay someone else to drive them around and pick up their dry cleaning. Oh the Humanity :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    Chris, people use speech writers? Good one.

    Suzanne - it's crazy that people do care if celebrities use ghostwriters. The celebrities are worried, using Twitter to put out the fan fire. And then again, we live in a world where people care about Lindsay Lohan getting arrested or which celebrity is getting divorced or married or pregnant or ...

    Kay, people are ridiculous. You make a good point: what is the critic's real agenda?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      And then again, we live in a world where people care about Lindsay Lohan getting arrested or which celebrity is getting divorced or married or pregnant or ...
      I think we live in a world where social media has turned info into babbling comments to fill space - and the intelligence quote may be shrinking as a result.

      It's no longer necessary to have something useful to say to get published - you can say nothing as much as you want and there will always be those with nothing else to do but read your comments. Sad, isn't it?
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  • Profile picture of the author JimDucharme
    This would only be shocking to those who believe that celebrities don't go to the bathroom like the rest of us.

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    • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
      The biggest ghostwriter "scam" I ever heard of was Dick Francis who claimed he wrote the long series of British horse racing mysteries. Before we left England, (and to this day, in fact), my husband and I were involved in breeding and racing thoroughbreds and one of our best friends was a trainer who lived next door to Dick Francis in Blewbury.

      He told us that it was actually Dick's shy, retiring wife Mary who wrote all of those novels. As he said, Dick had the celebrity to have the writing immediately seized and published; Mary did not.

      This continued for many years until Mary's death, and guess what? the books stopped. Recently his school teacher son, Felix has co-authored (ghostwritten?) 4 books with his father.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    The big "news" is not that they used ghostwriters but that
    the the NY Times reported that they did when they didn't.

    Someone using a ghostwriter is definitely not newsworthy.

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  • Profile picture of the author James Foster
    WHAT?! You mean our TV icons are pretty faces and interesting characters and NOT literary geniuses!

    I'm shocked and appalled.

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  • Profile picture of the author bobmcalister
    anyone see the sharrk tank episode last night? one of the guys looking for help charges 35 to 75 thousand to ghost write the book and print 100 copies...goodness!! dont want to leave the guy a free link from the forum ...so this is mispeled..LOL...btw that program is a wonderful source for ideas...
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  • Profile picture of the author VickiLee
    ...and unless the ghostwriter is making up stuff about Gweneth's life or printing his/her own recipe's and claiming Rachael Ray developed the herself.. What's the point? Was there some declaration by either of them that they personally phrased and keyed every word themselves? I'm going to have to go with the "who cares" vote..
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    They're really grasping at straws to keep newspapers relevant, aren't they?
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    • Profile picture of the author absoluteallen
      I heard they also use interior decorators. The nerve!
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      • Profile picture of the author debra
        Originally Posted by absoluteallen View Post

        I heard they also use interior decorators. The nerve!
        That would be Martha Stewart. Wonder who she uses. Whoever it is, they should be slapped for putting daisy yellow and slime green together in the same room. eeeeewwwwwhhhhhhhh

        The things they do for money. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley C
    I for one don't care if a celebrity has used a ghostwriter. All these books we see on the shelves are so heavily edited anyway. As long as the information is not bull****, then I think it's alright.
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    This is scandalous! What's next - professional wrestling isn't real?
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  • Profile picture of the author MBDirect
    So, um, Lori. Why did you post this in a forum about Internet marketing?

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